Help at our eco-project in a food and forage garden in the coastal town of Seaton, East Devon, UK

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  • Last activity: 12/01/2023



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    Hello, my name is Tessa. I live on the edge of the coastal town of Seaton in East Devon, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. My little dog Daisy (6 yrs old, a wire-haired dachshund cross collie - she loves new company!) will also be looking forward to seeing you. I have only recently moved here and there is work that needs to be done here as well as at the orchard where the food and forage garden is based,

    I live strong ecologically values using wild and garden herbs, recycling or re-using everything and resourcefulness is the way I like to do everything! I have a profound love for nature and the natural elements, spirits and healing practises.

    I am open and enjoy the exchange and contributionist and harmony ways of being. I am hard working and practical but also take time to walk, wild swim or be with family. You do not need to be exactly like me as I am not good at many things but I do expect you to respect my ways and give gratitude to the plants and creatures around us. I particularly welcome those that can bring skills to help with natural eco-building, but also electrical and plumbing skills.
    We are re-wilding as well as creating terraces and swales to manage water, and grow herbs, food and trees creativity. I have a passion to share what I know but also to create a way others can access their intuition towards nature and it's magic.
    I honour the plants and the energies they bring, I welcome those that want to bring their positive energy to support this project

    I am looking for help with construction for the Eco-project using Permaculture and other natural ways in the food and forage garden . Our aim is to grow plants and community naturally with soul and spirit. We envisage people and plants in harmony, developing creative spaces to nurture understanding, wisdom and knowledge of nature around us.

    During the coming months we will be:

    *️️️️️ Creating swales in the Food Forest Garden will be in October
    *️️️️️️ Finishing timber work for workshop space
    *️️️️️️ Planting and caring for trees in November
    *️️️️️️ Planning and creating solar and wind power systems if you have the skills!

    At Home I need to

    * Lime / eco-plaster some walls , clean brickwork and lay wood flooring

    I like to use materials that come from the land (or locally) with the project and at home.
    We are in an elevated location, overlooking the sea to the distance, near many Bronze age earth works and has a growing community of land guardians .

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The Project is in the beautiful area of East Devon with walks from the doorstep and close to the beach at Beer and Seaton . There is an abundance of wildlife here and surrounding areas. There are a number of small towns within close reach that have activities and events happening through the season. Beer is an ancient fishing village where the boats are brought up onto the pebble beach when they come in from fishing. There are a number of regattas happening during the summer at these little towns with opportunities for you to get involved!

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    The required help for the Project begins with finishing construction of the workshop space,
    Swales and planting trees.

    At the moment there is space for one/two people in the same room at my home in Seaton.

    There are other wagon/ shelters once finished that could be available for short stay workawayers.

    I garden organically and along bio-dynamic and permaculture principles.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    1920s Semi, in need of work in the kitchen, scullery and garden room.
    I like to cook with living nutrition, working with fresh, sprouted and fermented foods.
    Duties around the home will be shared so it is kept orderly and clean from a day to day basis.
    The kitchen must all ways be kept clean.

    You will have a shared room, and use of a bathroom/shower room. Meals will be cooked and shared together, with whoever is around. They will be vegan or vegetarian with no cow products. Much of the food comes from the Food and Forage Garden. There is space for you to get away for some peace or to join in with events and activities that are happening.

    I have not long moved so I am needing to finish works and move on what is not needed!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are some bus links to other towns from Seaton and the train station is not that far away either (30 minutes drive, 80 minute cycle at Axminster or Honiton). You can walk along the coastal paths or into Seaton.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    At the Orchard, exposed to elements.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 396952187453

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